Cody Rhodes Slams WWE For Canceling Match With ‘Arrow’ Star Stephen Amell
Cody Rhodes is on a tear now that he’s done with WWE, opening up about his many issues with the company. In particular, he’s calling out WWE for canceling a planned one-on-one match with Arrow star Stephen Amell. According to Rhodes, the match never happened because WWE only uses celebrities who are past their prime.
In an interview on the WNS Podcast, Rhodes talked about the planned Hell In a Cell match at the pay-per-view of the same name last year between Amell and himself (as Stardust), following up on their confrontation in a tag team match at Summerslam 2015. Apparently, this match would have featured a modification to the classic Hell In a Cell format, although how it would have been modified isn’t clear. But Rhodes reveals that everything was planned, right down to the amount of time they’d get on the pay-per-view. However, the plan was nixed at the last minute. Rhodes explains:
“With Stephen, there was a particular Hell In A Cell match that was supposed to happen in Los Angeles and it was kiboshed. The way it was kiboshed was unfortunate because we had already set up ring time and Vince told us the direction we’re going and I’m used to things changing on the fly when you have somebody from that world that’s kind of a kick in the balls for them especially when there’s no reason. I think, and this wasn’t an answer I was given but, WWE tends to define celebrities different than how my generation defines celebrities. I’m probably more out of it than I think but the younger crowd is on the cusp of pop culture and WWE is hellbent on their celebrities being ten years out of their prime or bored as hell.”
While this might come across as a bit of a bridge-burning statement, I don’t think Rhodes is too far off. I mean, it wasn’t too long ago that WWE had Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on the show. Hell, they just put Joan Lunden in their Hall of Fame. It’s kind of hard to argue that WWE is in touch with their audience when they bring in celebrities that have no meaningful crossover with the people who watch their show. Then again, you could probably make the argument that just as many, if not more, people see Kathie Lee and Hoda on The Today Show every morning as see Stephen Amell on Arrow. Considering the massive drop-off in quality that show has had in the past two years, I’m not sure what Amell’s drawing power would be at the moment, since ratings would indicate plenty of previous viewers abandoning ship. Of course, this doesn’t change the fact that the Amell/Stardust program did good publicity last year, so I don’t see why WWE wouldn’t just take the risk and have the one-on-one match between Amell and Stardust. It could have been one of the most memorable angles last fall, and likely would have been at least as entertaining as anything we actually got last year, in my opinion.
What do you think? Would Amell/Stardust inside Hell In a Cell have been a big deal? Should WWE have made that match happen? Or was it no big loss? Sound off in the comments!
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